Spent the day looking at grasslands on roadside and in cemeteries today. Still a lot of flowers on show. This photo is a bit blurry but it captured the feeling of the day.
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Several large patches of common everlasting created a splash of colour on a roadside near Cape Clear/Springdallah this week. They are on a roadside that gets regularly burnt thanks to the work of the local fire brigade. I hope common everlasting remains common, but while some of us think there have been a lot of opportunities for people to learn about the value of native grasslands in recent years there still appears to be reports of damage to grasslands, especially on roadsides. Really it should only be Council authorised contractors who carry out weed control and firebreak preparation on roadsides then we will be able to have lots of wildflowers to enjoy into the future.
I finally managed to get to the Rokewood Cemetery grassland today mainly because it was day one of my holidays and now I have time to do what I want to do. The main purpose was to seek and destroy the weed orchid but it is also a great place to visit in the spring.
The weed orchid had flowered but it appears that as it is so dry the flowers are dying off before the flowers have had a chance to develop seed. There appears to be only a small section where they grow but some have spread into the mown area and been cut by the mower.
The grassland was quite crunchy to walk across and the some Button Wrinklewort are looking water stressed. There were only a few patches of Featherheads and Hoary Sunray and most of the native orchids had finished. Common everlasting, pink bindweed and bluebells added the colour.